Corrections Division


Lake Charles, LA -

Treatment Programs

Academic Education Program
This department is responsible for providing quality educational services responsive to the academic, vocational and social needs of the offender population so as to improve their knowledge, skills and abilities to function as meaningful participants in the community.

Prison Ministry
This department is responsible for ensuring that incarcerated offenders have reasonable opportunities to pursue lawful individual religious beliefs and practices of the religion or faith of their choice. Religious programming is provided consistent with security practices and principles, rehabilitative goals, health and safety, allocation of limited resources, responsibilities, and needs of the correctional facilities.

Transitional Work Program
The transitional work program provides a structured transition period for offenders returning to the community with the intent of better preparing them for a successful, crime-free life. Selection criteria includes current and prior criminal behavior, institutional adjustment, and alcohol and chemical dependency history. The program contracts with public and private agencies for residential work release services.

Programs provide structured living and close supervision and surveillance.

Alpha Program
Alpha is an opportunity for anyone to explore their faith in a relaxed, non-threatening setting over ten thorough provoking weekly sessions.

A.C.T.S Program
A)lcohol C)hemical T)reatment S)eries is a curriculum based twelve week drug education program for individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse. A.C.T.S creates a realistic support environment to prepare individuals and families for the interpersonal relationship challenges associated with recovery from substance abuse. It offers a holistic approach to recovery that deals with the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the healing that must take place within the family and community.

Alcoholics & Narcotics Anonymous
AA and NA is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recovery from abusing narcotics or suffering from alcoholism.

Adult Literacy Program
The Literacy Council of SWLA Lifelong Learning Center provides the following adult educational programs: Basic Education, English for non-native speakers, Computer Basics, Workplace Skills, Financial Basics, and preparatory GED.

Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council
This program is tailored to provide educational information, for purposes of prevention, about the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which can lead to a diagnosis of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It offers education presentations and in-services, provides risk-reduction counseling, dispenses education materials, and maintains a lending library.

Welding Program
To enhance the employability of inmates, the Programs Department has developed the Welding Program that offers accredited certification to inmates that successfully complete the course to assist them in obtaining meaningful jobs upon their release.

Suicide Prevention and Intervention Program
The Suicide Prevention and Intervention Program was established to ensure that offender's who display suicidal behavior or tendencies receive proper care, treatment and supervision. Suicide screening will begin with the arresting officer/agency and continue through the booking process, intake screening, and follow the offender into general population. Health Service staff will be involved in the assessment procedure and provide continuity of care to offender's that are assessed as "high risk" for suicide attempts or suicidal behavior.

Pre-Release Program
This program establishes a standardized release preparation program for all sentenced inmates reintegrating into the community; the purpose is to prepare each inmate to re-enter the community successfully and particularly, the work force.

Anger Management Program
The Anger Management program is for individuals who want to learn how to effectively manage their anger; class focus is on identifying the causes of anger, learning to avoid anger triggers, learning how to ask for and get what you want without resorting to anger, and developing less destructive ways of dealing with anger.

Life Skills Education Program
The goal and design of the Life Skills Education Program is to increase self-sufficiency among inmates, and to bridge gaps among existing community services through strong in-house curriculum. This program addresses the diverse needs of the inmate population by combining substance abuse treatment with a variety of support curriculum, including: vocational/job/career training, education, counseling, family planning/parenting, financial management, and community and independent living skills